Brewed by Desnoes and Geddes (Diageo PLC)
Style: Foreign Stout
Kingston, Jamaica


on tap

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RATINGS: 746   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Ingredients: Black malt; corn syrup; caramel malt; and hop extract. Priming sugar used when bottling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 2, 2004
284ml bottle A deep black color with a fine light brown head (little retention). The carbonation shows up on the edges of the lace. The Aromas are of roasted malt, coffee and alcohol. The taste is sweet (light) with a slow dry bite. Mouth feel is rather thin with a dry finish. Refreshing, well balanced and uncomplicated. A stout?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9686) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2004
Roasty coffee flavour disguises alcohol. On smooth side compared to national brands. Popular with mates. But would get bored after half a bottle. Bit aggressive carbonation, malt and syrupy sweet. Dark brown pleasing head. More than acceptable as transition beer to micros.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2004
sweet and malty stout... not sure what to expect from a jamaican brew, but it certainly lived up to the coffee flavour. All other flavours were somewhat muted until the residue at the end. There are better ones out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2004
Very dark black colour, slight ruby tint with a thick tan head that faded fairly quickly. Nice chocolate aroma, coffee hints and a bit of cherry fruitiness. Very malty taste, molasses, treacle, and chocolate. Coffee bitterness is quite prominant in the finish. Alcohol sneaks into the finish as well but it adds a nice warming touch. As the beer warms, you get more caramel and vanilla on the nose as well as on the front of the palate. Very tasty and full-bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2004
284ml brown bottle with newer better label than pictured here.Purchased chilled from a Clerkenwell bottle store. Poured an opaque ebony with tiny bubbles & mud brown head into my 300ml Bishops Finger goblet.Sweet spicy fruitcake nose. Roasted caramel and spice flavour with alcohol notes. Smooth mouthfeel. Surprisingly easy to drink. Bloody Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2012 Bottled. A black coloured beer with very little head. The aroma is very sweet with some licquorice and sweet chocloate thrown in. The taste is also mostly sweet and has a medicinal edge. Not a typical roasty stout, but very tasty nonetheless.Score 3.9
Subsequent ratings scored 3.5, 3.7 and 3.9. Average becomes 3.8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2004
300ml bottle. A black stout that pours with a dense, creamy, mocha head. Nice aroma of stewed dark fruits, vanilla, molasses, and even some red wine. Medium body with a rich, syrupy mouthfeel. Hops are nowhere to be found; this is sweet and malty, but without being cloying. A bit one-dimensional from start to finish, but good depth of flavour. Hardly any roasted malt character. Instead, you taste sticky buns, plums, raisins, molasses, brown sugar, maple syrup, and chocolate. Sweet and moderately sticky finish. I was expecting something thin, with a touch of acidity, but this is actually very rich and full-flavoured. Different. Ignore the label and take it with an open mind.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8666) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2004
Black headless body. Aroma is a bit roasty, and a bit muted. Flavour is pleasant and surprisingly easy to drink considering the octane. Sweet but not cloyingly so. Bit simplistic overall, but pleasant. Alcohol makes a brief appearance in the finish. Palate is a bit light but is pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5597) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2006 Again, thanks to my boss for bringing this back from Jamaica. Pours black with a medium cocoa colored head. Aroma is sweet but spicy with cinnamon and perhaps brown sugar coming through. Hint of caramel and roasted malt as well. Taste is sweet with cane sugar and caramel being prevalent along with alcohol notes trying to make their way through. Damn nice and better than I remember when I had this 6 or so years ago. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth with only a hint of alcohol warmth. Finish is semisweet but enjoyable nonetheless with more caramel and brown sugar coming through. Damn good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geiserich (3740) - Linz, AUSTRIA - JUN 20, 2004
Pure Black with a brown head. Alcoholic flavour, malty sweet but not unpleasant, nice notes of dark sweet chocolate. Aftertaste is dry with notes of roasted malt. A perfect foreign stout, full and sweet. Try it!

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